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JOHN BISCOE

JOHN BISCOE

Supply vessel for the research stations in the Antarctic. Home port was Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Here the history of the vessel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMNZS_Endeavour_(1944)

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The Antarctic Survey ship JOHN BISCOE seen departing the Empress Dock in the Port of Southampton's Eastern Docks. The Itchen quays looking downriver sees a unnamed British Troopship at berths 32/33 with the Royal Mail Lines ASTURIAS ahead of her at berths 30/31. Canadian Pacific Line, Royal Mail Line, Shaw Savil Line and from 1972 Elder Dempster Line all used berths 30/31 which was their traditional terminus at the Port of Southampton.

The Antarctic Survey ships generally used berths 22/23 in the port's Empress Dock.

The JOHN BISCOE looks as if she is carrying a rather large load going south, I wonder how that voyage went.!

I'm sure that someone can identify the Troopship.

The photo has to predate 1958 as that was the year that the ASTURIAS was scrapped.

Sean
 

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Ozzie

I had a feeling that it could have been the DUNERA but not being 100% I wanted someone else to identify her, I should have mentioned in my post that it could be the DUNERA but many thanks for identifying her.

We're go for DUNERA.

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This picture must predate 1956 Sean, as this older wooden John Biscoe was sold to the New Zealand Navy and a new steel John Biscoe was built and came into service with British Antarctic Survey in 1956. My father did two voyages south on the old John Biscoe, and may well have been onboard when this picture was taken. I am not certain but the large crates may have contained an aircraft as i have seen old pictures of my fathers with it being assembled when they reached the bases in the Antarctic. I did two trips on the newer John Biscoe near the end of her working life with BAS in 1989/90. May i take a copy of this picture please Gijsha ?
 

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With pleasure dja! I could post still another photo of her.
 

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dja

Many thanks for the information that you have supplied, so the date of the photo is older than I thought.

Do you have those photos in your possession, if so I'm sure that they would be of great interest to everyone here on SN.

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The troopship is either the ' Dunera ' or ' Dilwara ' but not her similar sisters ' Ettric and Devonia ', hard to tell which at this angle, the date will depend on the funnel clue which was lengthened after 51/52, the positioning of 2 single galley exhaust pipes at the stern however suggest she was prior modification as built, it was in parallel after the modications so more inclined to believe the photo was around 50 / 51 but I may be wrong
 

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Thank you Gijsha, your series of old antarctic pictures are very interesting to me.

Im afraid that i dont have the pictures in my possession Sean, my father died 6 years ago and i think his many old photographs will be with my mother but she lives abroad so it will be some time before i get a chance to see them and obtain any of interest to scan and share with our membership on here. I will see what i can do though, as he had loads of pictures of his time at sea and in particular Antarctic voyages, in fact my father wrote a book about it which was published.
 

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So, following William's comment, I will revise my early opinion.

On the close zoom you can make out the last part of her name and allowing for the 7 letter symmetry around the stern, the trooper is actually 'Dilwara', not 'Dunera'.

A Norddeutscher Lloyd Co. ship ahead of her, maybe.

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Thanks Ozzie, that's what I thought in the beginning but was not that much certain as the vessel had been refitted and modified rendering the change of accomodation features in the aft, but on careful comparisons the fender like objects ( actually ladder roll I think ) below the lifeboats are not seen with the ' Dunera ' in those years with available photos may be she was deployed more as schools cruise liner so in light of your finding she should be the ' Dilwara ' which was heavily enaged in trooping then with the presence of that ladder like rolls

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